James Mitchell’s L456 Ruby Red ’67 Beetle

My first experience with 1967 Volkswagens was as a kid in the early ‘70s. My Dad got a Navy-colored Sunroof ‘67 Beetle from a friend. It had been rolled down a mountain, but it still ran and drove, even though every panel on it was in ruin.

Dad then picked up a Sunroof ‘64 that had experienced an engine fire. His plan was to swap the ‘67 motor into the ‘64, but he never got around to it. Me and my siblings played in those cars for years until some neighborhood teenager bought them for parts. My 1967 VW brings back many fond memories—I still remember that cool wooden Formula Vee shift knob Dad’s Bug had.

I had been looking for an older Bug for a while when this one came up for sale about 75 miles away. Rust-free Bugs are hard to come by on the East Coast but supposedly this was a West Coast car. The original Owner’s Manual showed service stamps from VW dealers in CA and OR, and there was a CA college parking sticker on the rear window, which helped to confirm her origin.

She was super solid underneath, and although shabby, she did run, drove well, and was fairly complete. The previous owner (PO) had just replaced the transaxle with one out of a ‘67 Ghia, and mentioned that the clutch was sloppy and needed adjustment. When I got it home it turned out the real problem was the clutch cable tube which had broken free inside of the tunnel at all three welds. But with a bit of careful welding and fabrication of new mounts, I was able to fix it, and she now shifts as good as new. I asked the PO to include the original transaxle in the sale. I now suspect that nothing was wrong with it as the clutch cable tube may have been the root of the problem Maybe one day I’ll get it back in.

The engine ran “ok” when I bought it, and the heads under the valve covers were very clean (which indicated a low mileage motor), but she really lacked power. I found that her distributor was allowing only 12 degrees of maximum advance, so I swapped it for a new one with electronic ignition that gave 25 degrees advance, all before 2700 rpm. I also found that the throttle cable was allowing only 2/3 of the required travel, so that was adjusted too. The carb jetting also was very lean, especially for having a header, so I rejetted the carb with fatter jets, performed a complete tune up and adjusted the valves.

VW 105-1 30 Pict-1 Carburetor – The Choke Processes, Part I

By the time Volkswagens were “in the womb”, carburetion was not a new thing. But the German Engineers tasked with creating a viable engine system for Ferdinand Porsche had to create a system that would work with the air-cooled engines which were being demanded. Bit by bit, the VW carburetors were evolving into what would become a virtually fool-proof unit.

With the advent of the 12 Volt Electrical System, Volkswagen was coming of age. Carburetion would be just one of the areas which would benefit—with better starting possibilities. Let’s look at the Choke Mechanism on the VW 105-1 30 Pict-1 Carburetor.

While there are several parts to the Choke Mechanism, it is relatively simple.

But first—what is meant by “choking the engine”? “Choking” might better be termed “restricting”—because that’s what’s happening. When the Engine is dead cold, the Fuel Mixture must be more “rich” in gasoline with less air. The Engine is “hungry”. So, by restricting (or choking) the in-coming air, this need can be met.

Eventually, in a matter of minutes, the Engine will be running well and will need more air in the Fuel Mixture as it begins to reach operational temperature. It will be “starving” for air. Now the restriction on air can be relaxed—the “choke-hold” can be relaxed and the Carburetor can seek its own Fuel Mixture levels as needed.

We will be examining only the Upper Half of a Carburetor during this discussion of the “processes” or elements which comprise the Choking Mechanism.

SOLD – ’67 Beetle Lobster Claw Seatbelts


Our good friend and follower of 1967beetle.com, Gary Beck has a rare find for us today. If you know the ’67 Beetle, you know the correct and rare Lobster Claw seatbelts. These are original used German and still function perfectly. They retract as designed, and are ready to install in your pride and joy. Both install bolts are included.

Sold as a set of two.
Fits the 1967 Beetles.

Status: Sold
Location:
 CA
Price: $300
Contact: Gary Beck

SOLD – ’67 Beetle Lobster Claw Seatbelts

If you know the ’67 Beetle, you know the correct and rare Lobster Claw seatbelts. These are original used German and still function perfectly. They retract as designed, and are ready to install in your pride and joy. Both install bolts are included.

Sold as a set of two.
Fits the 1967 Beetles.

Status: Sold in 33 min.
Location:
 Lane Russell Workshop, Decatur, GA
Price: $249 – Free US Shipping
Contact: Eric Shoemaker

1967 VW Beetle Community


I tell people all of the time that the Vintage Vehicle Hobby revolves around people. It’s more than just a hobby—it’s a Community! PEOPLE drive these Vintage Volkswagens.

When I attend a Volkswagen Show, I go for talking to people about as much as I go for seeing the cars. Really! For me, it is a non-stop talk-a-thon. I’m really worn out from talking, interacting and listening to all of those VW Community PEOPLE!

It was Neva’s and my pleasure this week (1/8/18) to have a visit from Ron Waller of Phoenix, AZ. Ron has visited us once before, about a year ago. He and his wife are in Texas with family but he took time to drive over to spend time with us, as well.

We had a blast! And, we didn’t nearly exhaust the subjects, including, of course, all things Volkswagen.

One of the major topics was Ron’s and Diane’s experience on the Border-to-Border Treffen Cruise down the West Coast of the USA, which they experienced not so long ago. And, what an experience! I read and re-read Ron’s account of the trip—but to hear it in person was something else!

“I really want to do this Cruise”—that theme kept going through my mind. Ron and Diane were the only ones to drive the entire route in a Beetle, their 1967 Lotus White Bug.

I listened as Ron recounted their preparations. They worked with a local VW Specialist in the Phoenix area. They checked and re-checked the car. They made up lists of supplies. When the time came, they were ready! And, then some.

I watched Ron’s face as he traced the route in his words. Some difficult times, some really great times, some frustrating times, some times when they wanted to do a victory lap! If you have driven a Vintage Volkswagen much, you know the feelings herein described.

We had a grand time visiting but, all too soon, Ron had to get back to family.